Bollywood is probably one of the biggest film industries in the world. The foundation stone of the industry was laid somewhere in 1913 when the first feature film was produced in the country “Raja Harishchandra”. It was actually silent black and white film, produced by Dada Saheb Phalke. Since 1960s, industry has given a lot of classic superhits, including Mughal-e-Azam, Sholay, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun etc.
The success of the film was once determined by how long a film stays at the box office. Over time, the advancement of alternative media, threat of piracy, and competition from TV led the longevity to decline miserably. Today, the film which earns huge at the box office is considered successful. Let’s take a look at the top highest grossing Bollywood films worldwide.
(Budget 85 Cr, India – 489 Cr, Overseas 303 Cr, Gross 792 Cr)
PK is truly an undisputed king of Box Office and the first film to enter 300 Cr club. At Domestic box office, it has managed to collect around 326 Cr. net. On overseas, it collected 150 Cr. gross and it takes the gross business worldwide to 626 Cr. Starring Aamir Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, along with Saurabh Shukla, Boman Irani and Sanjay Dutt as supporting cast, PK was released in 22 international markets in opening weekend and collected whopping $28.7 million, standing at No. 3 at international box office with pride, following “Gone with the Bullets” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”. The film had managed to set record at opening weekend with impressive $3.75 million in North America, breaking the record of Dhoom 3. It is placed at No. 10 in North American box office.
2. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
(Budget – 90 Cr, India – 433 Cr, Overseas 193 Cr, Gross 626 Cr)
Released on Eid 2015, Salman Khan starrer, Bajrangi Bhaijaan managed to beat the lifetime earnings of ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘3 Idiots’. The film quickly crossed whopping 300 Cr of net collection at Indian box office, making its way to become first Indian film of its kind in 2015. The movie earned 200 Cr within just 9 days from domestic box office. After Dhoom 3 and PK, it is the third film which earned Rs. 200 Cr within just 9 days.
3. Dhoom 3
(Budget – 1.5 billion, India 372 Cr, Overseas 170 Cr, Gross 542 Cr)
Starring Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif, Dhoom 3 has broken all records overseas and in home country. The overall collection of 533 Cr worldwide within just two weeks made it the highest grossing Indian film in India and worldwide. The film has successfully managed to beat the record of earning Rs. 3.95 billion set by Chennai Express.
(Budget 70 Cr, India – 320.82 Cr, Overseas 124.15 Cr, Gross – 446 Cr)
Starring Salman Khan, Randeep Hooda, Anushka Sharma and Amit Sadh, Sultan is produced by Aditya Chopra, and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced under Yash Raj banner. It is combination of action, emotion, love and obviously the charm of Salman Khan. The film is based on a fictional character, Sultan Ali Khan, a Haryana-based wrestling champion whose success in professional life ruins his personal life.
5. Chennai Express
(Budget 75 Cr, India 301 Cr, Overseas 121 Cr, Gross 422 Cr)
It is an Indian action, romantic and comedy film released in 2013. Produced by Gauri Khan and Directed by Rohit Shetty, Chennai Express was made under Red Chillies Entertainment. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in main roles, the film is the highest grossing Bollywood entertainer in 2013. Chennai Express successfully broke all records set by 3 Idiots in Indian market. It was a blockbuster hit in Indian box office. In overseas market, it stands third among highest grossing Bollywood films. With worldwide gross collection of Rs. 422 Cr, Chennai Express has successfully beaten 3 Idiots as highest grossing Bollywood film worldwide.
6. 3 Idiots
(Budget 35 Cr, India 269 Cr, Overseas 126 Cr, Gross 395 Cr)
Until 2013, 3 Idiots was an undisputed winner at the Box Office and topped the list of highest grossing Bollywood movie worldwide. Its record was first broken by Chennai Express, than Dhoom 3 and PK. Currently, 3 Idiots stands No. 6 with gross of Rs. 395 Cr worldwide. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, 3 Idiots was a comedy, drama film. The film was produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and screenplay written by Abhijat Joshi. The main cast includes Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Mona Singh, Parikshit Sahni and Omi Vaidya.
7. Happy New Year
(Budget Rs. 1.5 Billion, India 295 Cr, Overseas 90 Cr, Gross 385 Cr)
Produced by Gauri Khan and directed by Farah Khan, Happy New Year got a bumper opening on first day and set the new record by collecting whopping Rs. 450 Million Nett, making way to become the first Bollywood film which reached that figure on one day. The film was released on October 24, 2014, on Diwali season, in 3 Indian languages – Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. Starring Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff and Vivaan Shah, Happy New Year secures 6th position among highest grossing bollywood films worldwide by collecting Rs. 383 Cr.
8. Krrish 3
(Budget 115 Cr, India 320 Cr, Overseas 54 Cr, Gross 374 Cr)
It was the science fiction superhero film which became one of the highest grossing Bollywood film worldwide with gross collection of Rs. 374 Cr. Released on 2013, Krrish 3 was directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan. It is the third installment of Krrish Series, after Koi… Mil Gaya (2003), and Krrish (2006). The star cast of the film includes Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles.
9. Ek Tha Tiger
(Budget 75 Cr, India 263 Cr, Overseas 57 Cr, Gross 320 Cr)
It is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films by collecting over Rs. 320 Cr worldwide. Produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj banner and directed by Kabir Khan, Ek Tha Tiger was an action thriller starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in main roles, along with Roshan Seth, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, and Gavie Chahal in supporting cast.
10. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
(Budget 50 Cr, India 253 Cr, Overseas 58 Cr, Gross 311 Cr)
Last but not the least; Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is another highest grossing film in Bollywood which managed to collect Rs. 311 Cr. worldwide. The romantic comedy film was produced by Karan Johar and directed by Ayan Mukerji. The film features Ranbir Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in main roles.